Brindavan Gardens

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Vrindavan / Brindavan Garden
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Brindavan Garden
TypeGarden
LocationKrishna Raja Sagara Dam, Srirangapatna, Mandya District, Karnataka
Coordinates12°25′34″N 76°34′34″E / 12.42611°N 76.57611°E / 12.42611; 76.57611Coordinates: 12°25′34″N 76°34′34″E / 12.42611°N 76.57611°E / 12.42611; 76.57611
Area60 acres (24 ha)
Created1932 (1932)
Operated byCauvery Niravari Nigama
Visitors2 million
OpenYear round
Fountains at Brindavan Gardens at night
Brindavan Garden Fountains at Night
Krishnarajasagara Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens is a garden located in the Mandya District of the Indian State of Karnataka. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri.[1] The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932.[2][3] Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna.[4] Sir Mirza Ismail, the Deewan of Mysore, a man with a penchant for gardens, founded the Brindavan Gardens (Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in particular) and built the Cauvery River high-level canal to irrigate 120,000 acres (490 km2) in modern Mandya district.

Krishana Raja Sagara Dam
Statue of Kaveri at the Dam

Garden[edit]

The garden is maintained by the Cauvery Niravari Nigama (Cauvery Irrigation Department), a Government of Karnataka enterprise.[5] It is spread across an area of 60 acres (240,000 m2). Adjoining it is also a fruit orchard spread across 75 acres (300,000 m2) and 2 horticultural farms, Nagavana (30 acres) and Chandravana (5 acres).[6] The garden is laid out in 3 terraces which contain water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage plants such as Duranta plumaria and Euphorbia and flowering plants like Celosia, Marigold and bougainvillea.[3] The garden is open to the public and an entry-fee is charged. The garden also has topiary works (sculptures of animals created by clipping shrubs), pergolas (shaded passageway covered by creepers) and gazebos.[3] The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of songs. There is also a lake within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors.[7]

The garden was renovated in 2005 with a cost of Rs. 50 million.[8] The renovation included sprucing up the musical fountain using a digitised system and repairs of dysfunctional fountains.[8] In 2007, the Gardens were closed for a brief duration as a safety measure to avoid trouble related to the Kaveri water dispute.[9]

Finances[edit]

In the year 2003-2004, the gate collection was Rs. 2.07 crores, which increased to Rs 2.69 crores in 2004-05 and Rs 4.3 crores in 2005-06.[5] This revenue is shared between Cauvery Niravari Nigam and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) in the ratio 3:1.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Brindavan Garden (KRS-Krishna Raja Sagar)".
  2. ^ "Brindavan Gardens". Horticultural Department, Government of Karnataka. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Brindavan Gardens to get a facelift for Dasara". The Hindu. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  4. ^ Gauri Satya (11 January 2008). "Mysore sees steady rise in tourist flow". Business Standard. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Brindavan Gardens to get a makeover". The Hindu. 3 June 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  6. ^ S V Upendra Charya (28 February 2006). "Focus: Horticulture". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  7. ^ "Daytime to be fun at Brindavan Gardens". The Hindu. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Brindavan Gardens entry fee hiked". The Hindu. 10 April 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Brindavan Gardens to be reopened from April 30". The Hindu. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2008.